More action, more excitement, more surprise, at least one (but preferably more) really original, out of the ordinary character.
There was no such scene.
Found all the scenes boring, so it is hard to pick any.
Only bought it because the success of the book was compared to that of The Help. It beats me how those two books - Beautiful Ruins being so boring, The Help being so exciting - could be equally successful.
I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!
I thoroughly enjoyed how the author wove the different characters and their stories together through out the the book.
The ending of the story. Weaving together all the various characters and their stories was very well done, and an excellent way to conclude Beautiful Ruins.
A better way to word this question would be...What about Edoardo Ballerini's performance DIDN'T I like? Ballerini did a fantastic job.
An evening with Dee and Pascalli would be delightful.
Beautiful Ruins was a wonderful book to listen to. Edoardo Ballerini did a fantastic job narrating the book. I was sorry to have the story end.
The books description failed to mention all the other story llinjes and "ruined" individuals that the book addressed. It was hard to follow. the book I beleived would have been better if it focused on Dee's character and her realtionships.
Engaging, Thoughful, Creative
The characters voices are done so nicely by Edoardo. You feel like you are actually present when he is reading.
Avid Audiobook listener. Mostly like historical fiction or contemporary mystery/suspense.
I was surprised how much I liked this book and thought it was going to be some “Chic Lit” type book. It’s a much deeper and complex story than I expected with some wit and humor. I love how the connections of the characters develop and it was a fast pace book so I didn’t feel like the story was dragging on and on. The narrator was excellent (however at times some of his characters sounded like Alec Baldwin which was a tiny bit distracting).
A different story line. I was expecting something different. I am not into "Hollywood stories" so I didn't find the subject to be interesting. It felt like the same characters, same problems, egomania, addictions, wanna-be's, etc.
The novel jumped around quite a bit and was difficult to follow, which character, what time, where. The ending felt just thrown together to tie up all the pieces.
I loved the story, however, the author jumped a lot between scenarios & left me going back to determine where he was in time. The story flow was not as smooth as I prefer.
When Pasquale finally found Dee at the cabin.
Different worlds can come together. Compassion plays a big part in relationships.
Love never dies.
I loved Pasquale's sense of responsibility to his first love in spite of his new found feelings for Dee.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I read all the hype from Audible regarding this book as it being the "new Help". I was very disappointed. First, I listened to The Help, and recommended it to my teenage daughters. They read it before movie came out and loved it. However, The Help would be G or PG, while this would be a hard R rating. There are numerous descriptions of sexual acts that add little to the story, including visits to brothels by the main characters. Second, all except one character have few redeeming personality traits. Most are drunks, drug addicts, womanizers, and home wreckers. Even the major character Dee sleeps with a married man and gets pregnant by him.
In The Help, there were characters of courage who took a risk to tell their stories. But none of the characters in this book show any bravery whatsoever. Most are battling with addictions and just stumbling through their lives getting drunk and committing adultery. The major character, Dee, survives just because she is so pretty. The other main character, an Italian innkeeper, while of deeper moral fiber, has his own major character faults.
I also found the ending to be rather contrived. Dee learns Italian ( but never returns to Italy for a visit?) and the Italian Innkeeper seeks her out after 50 years (after only knowing her for 3 days.) It reminded me of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, where just because you are in Italy everything is 10 times more romantic.
Just before this I listened to the Count of Monte Cristo. Although a classic, I would rate it much more highly than this book. It also spans decades with a story of revenge, loss, and redemption that is much more believable. If you are going to use an Audible credit, then purchase that instead.
I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.
I saw this novel compared to "The Help", and was surprised because "The Help" was much better than "Beautiful Ruins" - at least in my opinion. This was a good story, but not an unforgettable one.